Coffin and Cover of Princess Mayet
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Princess Mayet, a wife of King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep, the founder of the Middle Kingdom and a great conqueror, died very young. As was typical in the Middle Kingdom, her coffin is rectangular with a flat cover. The cover has a single line of painted inscription, an offering formula, down the center. A similar formula appears on the sides of the coffin. A pair of magical eyes painted at the end on one long side allows the deceased to see when the priest makes offerings.
Wood (Mediterranean cypress - Cupressus sempervirens, Syramore fig - ficus sycomorus, tamarisk - Tamarix sp.), pigment
ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
19 × 15 1/2 × 72 in. (48.3 × 39.4 × 182.9 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Wooden coffin (A) and cover (B) of the Princess Mayet. Rectangular shape, flat cover with single line of painted inscription down center. Single line of painted (blue-green) inscription around upper sides of box. Pair of magical eyes painted at end on one long side. Four struts across base.
Condition: Intact: Cover slightly warped. Box split through center along all four sides, perhaps along original joinings.
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Coffin and Cover of Princess Mayet, ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E. Wood (Mediterranean cypress - Cupressus sempervirens, Syramore fig - ficus sycomorus, tamarisk - Tamarix sp.), pigment, 19 × 15 1/2 × 72 in. (48.3 × 39.4 × 182.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 52.127a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.127a-b_PS9.jpg)
overall, 52.127a-b_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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Who is Princess Mayet?
Princess Mayet was the wife of King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep, the founder of the Middle Kingdom and a great conqueror. She died very young.